Google has once again taken a shot at a social media platform. You may have never heard of its first attempt Google Buzz, but it was hard to avoid the most recent release, Google+. As of July 25th, 2011, just a few weeks after the first invite went out, Google+ acquired more than 18 million members. Part of the allure was you had to get an invite to start using the site. The process of joining Google+ has since become much easier.
My question, though, is if Google is too late with its new social media platform or just in time? Are people becoming too inundated with sharing on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other social media sites that adding Google+ at this point is over the top? Or do you think that it came at the perfect time when people were getting tired of Facebook and needed a new way to share their every thought and opinion? The cool thing about Google+, which is also what makes it unique, is that you can share with only the people you want to share with in each post. This is done with what they call “Circles.” Each of your Circles can have a custom name and as many people as you would like. This may be appealing to those of you who prefer more control over who sees what.
It’s hard to say at this point how successful Google+ will be in the future, but this is undoubtedly Google’s best attempt yet at a social media site. Will you be joining? Or do you have enough to keep yourself busy for now?